The next meeting of

 The Cleveland Aquarium Society:


Our new meeting night will be the

Fourth Friday of the month at the

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

(except July)


Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 in Edu. Bldg. 

Open Topic

Roundtable Discussions 


 Raffle Grand Prize:  Deep Blue 10 gal. aquarium w/dark silicone

Visit Deep Blue Professional


Member Door Prize:  HBH flake food 2oz.

Visit The New HBH

(What a deal!  One member wins a  prize just for showing up.)


 The  Society usually meets on the forth Friday of each month except July

 in the Cleveland MetroPark Zoo’s Education Building.

(Come and check us out for free!  Visitors are always welcome.) 


These are the dates for the rest of the year:

Sept. 26, 2014 in Aquarium Bldg.

 Oct. 24, 2014 in Aquarium Bldg.

Nov. 28, 2014 in Edu. Bldg.

 Dec. 12, 2014 in Edu. Bldg.

(Please check this website for any changes.)



Ocassionally, we wil be posting videos.

Take a look at this new video.  (It's under 2 minutes.)

Click the link below & share it.

Baby Fish -Staying Alive.  



June 2014 meeting

Open Topic

  Roundtable Discussions

 Tell us what's going on in your tank!

  Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Penn Plax -Pro Balance Spirulina Flake 1oz.

Visit Penn Plax



May 2014 meeting


 Dean Mersinas

 He will be introducing a new program about his 

breeding programs

featuring all new, never before seen photographs.

  Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Wardley Total SpectraMax flake food with

Powerbursts! (1 oz.)

Visit Wardley



April 2014 meeting

Home Aquarist Q&A Night

This is the day to get all of your (fish) questions answered

and win some great prizes.


-Blackworms will be available.   YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINER.

-2 pairs of breeding red Jewel Cichlids are available if there is interest, go to the forum.

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

 Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  ZooMed Spirulina 20 flakes (0.5oz.)

Visit ZooMed




March 2014 meeting



by Orin McMonigle

Orin will discuss five different types of invertebrates that have eight or more legs each. All of them are suitable for keeping in an Insectarium or a home display. All are available from captive breeding so there is no impact on natural populations.

Also, I heard from a trusted souce that

-Mr. Bernot may get another BAP award.  Come see his Ameca Splendens (commonly known as Butterfly Goodeids) fry.


-Mr. Davis will be exhibiting his Emperor Tetras (Nematobrycon palmeri).

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 10 gal. aquarium (black)

Visit Aqueon Aquarium Products


Member Door Prize:  Omega One Veggie Flakes (1oz.)

Visit Omega Sea



February 2014 meeting

 Do you have a glass heater?

Has the glass ever turned brown near the heating element?

We will have an example at the meeting along with a discusion.

Raffle Grand Prize:  Aqueon 50W submersible heater.

  Member Door Prize:  TetraMin Tropical Crisps


Meeting Notes 

-The monthly meeting of The Cleveland Aquarium Society was held at 7:30 pm on a cold (low 20's) and snowy Tuesday evening, February 4th, 2014, in the Cleveland MetroPark Zoo's Education Building.

-The meeting was opened by our President, Mr. Byrer.  Mr. Byrer told us that he has kept his blackworms alive for a month.  He explained his method of keeping them and an interesting discussion followed.

-Mr. Bozic brought in a 100 watt glass heater because the glass around the heating element was starting to turn brown.  Some members had seen heaters in that condition before and shared their ideas about what was happening and why.

-Mr. Bozic also shared a photo of a flower on his anubias plant which is in his 125 gal. aquarium.

-We then took a look at the updates to our website and facebook page and watched a video that introduced us to rare tropical aquarium fish.  Here is the link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ilw1p0FmvI.

-Member Door Prize Winner (TetraMin Tropical Crisps): Mr. Davis

-Raffle Grand Prize Winner (Aqueon 50W submersible heater): Mr. Davis

-Exhibitions: Emperor Tetras by Mr. Davis
                      Pink Neon Guppies by Mr. Hitchlock
                      Half Black Iridescent Red Guppies by Mr. Hitchlock

T. Bozic, CAS Member




We have making some changes with our current website.  We have added a full feature user forum that is available to both registered users and our club members.  Registration is free and only requires an email address.  Come on in and check it out and tell us little about yourself.  Click HERE:

For new aquarists, fellow club members can offer a wealth of advice born of years of experience.  They can save you (and your fish) from many of the beginner’s mistakes that can wipe out an entire tank and leave you frustrated and discouraged.  Club raffles and auctions can help you build up your collection of livestock, plants, food, and equipment at rock-bottom prices (and you’ll be helping the club at the same time.)  Club members can suggest types of equipment (or at least what to avoid); tell you which shops have the best deals, the healthiest fish, or the widest selection; and walk you through various solutions to problems you may run into. 


For experienced hobbyists, clubs can help you network so that you can finally get your hands on a hard-to-obtain species.  More advanced members (or those who specialize in a particular family) can give you tips on breeding and other more complex aspects of the hobby.  Horticulture and breeder award programs can provide challenges and keep you interested in the hobby. Finally, club members provide an attentive audience for your “fish stories.”  Your friends might not understand what’s so amusing about the killifish that’s in love with your cory catfish, but other “fish people” will get a chuckle out of the tale.  


There is much that you can learn from other club members, and much that you can offer, regardless of your experience level.  Old hands love to help newbies… any reason to run our mouths about our favorite fish is a good one!  Because the Cleveland Aquarium Society is an all-species club, it will give you the opportunity to learn about a variety of species and different aspects of the hobby that you might not have heard of otherwise.  And, of course, it’s fun.  You can hang out with a diverse group of people who have an interest in common and maybe make some new friends out of the deal. 

Click here for directions: Google Maps


Water Changes - The Key to a Beautiful Aquarium


Yes, there is a trick to successful fish keeping.  It does not require loads of expensive medications or equipment… only a modest investment of your time (and, in most cases, some dechlorinator).  Yes folks, I’m afraid there’s no way around it.  Frequent partial water changes are the key to keeping healthy, happy, and long-lived fish in your aquarium. 

By “frequent” I mean a minimum of once a week.  Some systems may benefit from additional changes (such as those containing sensitive fish or tanks that are somewhat overstocked) but once a week should be sufficient for most aquariums. 

And by “partial” I mean 25-50% for freshwater and 10-15% for most saltwater tanks.  I suggest more for freshwater because it is cheaper, easier, and the livestock is more resilient to changes in water parameters than their marine counterparts, not to mention the fact that there is no equivalent to live rock or live sand for freshwater tanks. 

Remember, topping off a tank that loses water through evaporation does not count as a water change!  Evaporation only removes pure water, not the toxins and dissolved nutrients that can harm your fish.    


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